It was a travesty that should never happen at a historic Polish entity such as the Broadway Market: Paczki was sold out by noon on Paczki Day in 2019. The next five hours were bleak.
Linda Lund, whose Babcia's pierogi are found throughout the Broadway Market, wants to be certain there's no repeat in 2020. Collaborating with family members in the doughnut industry, Lund presents the Buffalo Paczki Co., a one-day-only pop-up shop in the market from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 25, Paczki Day. (Paczki Day is traditionally held on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.)
The setup will be found near the bottom of the Broadway Market (999 Broadway) escalator, across from Chateau Buffalo.
Richard Roehm, longtime owner of University Heights staple Famous Doughnuts and a relative of Lund's, will craft three flavors of paczki for the special day: black raspberry, lemon and Bavarian cream. They will be sold for $2 each or $22 for a dozen. He will make 6,000 of the Polish treats for the occasion.
"Their paczki have been our family tradition since I was a young girl," Lund said. "When people ask me who makes my favorite paczki, I always tell them that Richard does. They're big, fresh and overstuffed, just as paczki should be."
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The in-demand doughnut – paczek in its singular form – is glazed or powdered and filled with jelly or cream, and it's a hot seller on the Polish holiday doubling as Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras).
One reason for last year's paczki shortage, Lund said, was the absence of Mazurek's Bakery, which moved out of its Broadway Market vendor space roughly 18 months ago. White Eagle and Chrusciki Bakery are the two other market vendors who sell the Polish delicacy and often are mobbed on Fat Tuesday.
To place paczki pre-orders, call Babcia's Pierogi at 436-3894. Lund has yet to determine whether Buffalo Paczki Co. will operate more than once annually.